「法學英文寫作(Legal Writing & Research)」

作者/科法所 彭英杰 老師

English legal writing and research has long been one of the most essential skills to possess for attorneys in the U.S. Whether it is drafting judicial opinions, legal memoranda for judges, motions and briefs to file to the court, internal legal memoranda within the law firm, or articles for publication in academic legal journals – the practitioner’s ability to competently wield the pen and draft a well-organized and clearly communicated legal document is often the primary determinant between persuading and winning the audience versus confusing and losing the audience. Proficiency in legal writing and research is therefore an essential component to the fundamental training of every attorney.

We are therefore thrilled for the opportunity to bring our trainings and professional experiences in legal writing and research to the table, and share them with the students of the NCTU Institute of Technology Law. The Legal Writing & Research curriculum is designed to teach students how to conduct legal research, present a coherent legal analysis, organize the components of predictive documents, and use proper citations. This course will provide students with a comfortable, small-class atmosphere in which they can develop the ability to analyze a problem, research the law, and logically and effectively communicate the results of the research in clear, simple English. Students will write a case brief and research, write and revise three legal memoranda. Students will also participate in a group edit, learn how to draft standard contract provisions, and other written exercises relevant to this topic.

In the Spring2010 semester, this course will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of the U.S. Legal System
  • Introduction to Contracts and the Basics of Contract Writing
  • Reading and Analyzing Cases & Statutes
  • How to Summarize a Case
  • Effective Legal Writing
  • How to Conduct Legal Research
  • How to Draft Legal Memorandum
  • Drafting Letters/Reports to Client
 

Students will be graded on two legal memoranda along with other assignments that they will complete in this class. Please note: This course will primarily be conducted in English, including all of the assignments. Students interested in this course should have a comfortable command of the English language, especially reading, listening and writing.

This course will be taught by Gary Chang (張高寧), Eugene Peng (彭英杰) and Ken Hsu (徐公望). All three instructors are practicing attorneys currently working in the Hsinchu Science Park as in-house counsels for various technology companies, and previously practiced in American law firms. Gary Chang graduated from the U.C. Hastings College of the Law and practiced in the Products Liability defense litigation practice for three and half years in San Francisco, California, prior to his recent return to Taiwan. He is currently working as the in-house counsel for Faraday Technology Corporation (智原科技).

Eugene Peng graduated from the U.C. Hastings College of the Law and practiced at the Taipei office of the international law firm of K&L Gates LLP for two years. He is currently working as the in-house counsel for DelSolar (旺能).

Ken Hsu graduated from the U.C. Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law and practiced in the Construction defense litigation practice prior to his recent return to Taiwan. He is currently working as the in-house counsel for Innolux (群創光電).

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